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What’s Next For Demetrious Johnson? Becoming a “Better Mixed Martial Artist”

Kelsey Mowatt

Demetrious Johnson

Demetrious Johnson has defeated yet another challenger, and has no clear contender for his belt, but the champ says staying motivated isn’t going to be an issue.

Johnson threw down with Timothy Elliott last night at the TUF 24 Finale, and “Mighty Mouse” turned to his wrestling and top game to score a UD win. Elliott locked up about with the P4P contender by winning TUF 24. Since Johnson has already defeated top contenders like Henry Cejudo, Joseph Benavidez (twice) and Kyoji Horiguchi, the UFC had to get creative, in terms of generating an interesting bout for the champ.

So, how is Johnson going to get amped for his next bout? Considering there’s no clear contender at this juncture? And the AMC Pankration fighter has no rivals? Well, at the post-fight presser, Johnson said it’s not going to be an issue (quote via MMA Junkie):

“I’m a self-motivator,” Johnson said. “I didn’t get in to this sport to become a world champion. I got in to this sport to become a better mixed martial artist. And a long time ago, (my coach) Matt (Hume) was like, ‘If you’re goal is to become champion, you’re lost. I can offer you way more than becoming champion.’

“I was like, ‘Interesting. Let me find what this path leads me to.’”

There you go. Now, considering Johnson has defended the flyweight title 9 times now, and because he’s just one defense away from tying Anderson Silva’s record, there’s likely motivation there. But, it will be interesting to see what the UFC decides to do, in terms of Johnson’s next bout. Chances are it’s going to be either Jussier “Formiga” or Wilson Reis.


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